When Disaster Strikes

and You Are Out of Water


Emergency Water Filtration System

Accepts commercially available standard 10-inch filters

Robust pump consumes less than 36 watts

Filters up to 1 gallon per minute

Two stage (can be upgraded to 4) filtration for reduction of multiple contaminant types

Weighs less than 11 lbs. and fits in a 5-gallon bucket

Powered by solar rechargeable standard 12-volt battery (optional)

Manufactured and assembled in the USA

The PortaWell® System is Perfect for

Emergency Preparedness


RV Trips



Off-grid Living

Humanitarian Aid

Emergencies happen when you least expect them. Tornadoes, grid failures, flooding, hurricanes, earthquakes or a local emergency can immediately interrupt your routine drinkable water needs.

 PortaWell® is an excellent choice in any Emergency Situation for your water filtering needs.

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  • Fits in a 5 gallon bucket for easy storage and transport
  • Compact and lightweight (less than 10 pounds)
  • Two system choices:
    • Full size PortaWell® (uses 10-inch filters)
    • Compact PortaWell® Mini (uses 5-inch filters)


  • Filters up to a gallon a minute (up to 60 gph)
  • Endless water for short term or long term emergencies
    • Have clean water as long as there is a suitable surface water source
  • Full size PortaWell® supports supports cleanable ceramic filters (see video)
  • Battery powered (12V)
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Photo of 3 10-inch water filters


  • Uses industry standard, off the shelf high capacity water filters
  • Mix and match filter choices based on your source of water
    • Large selection of commercially available filters
    • Optional Expansion Kit for up to 4 stages of filtration
  • Perfect for your off grid, remote, or SHTF preparedness!
  • No more storing and transporting heavy water on your RV overland adventure!

Peace of Mind

  • Simplifies and takes the stress out of the most critical element of your emergency preparedness – SUFFICIENT CLEAN WATER!
  • Water storage requires regular treatment or rotation, large spaces, and is very heavy!
  • Never rotate again! Use a PortaWell® system to filter your existing water storage
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The patented PortaWell system (U.S. 11,274,048 B2) is a unique appliance that is adaptable for the filtration of water from different surface sources to make it safe for drinking or food preparation. This two-stage (optionally expandable up to 4 stages) can quickly and effortlessly provide large volumes of filtered water for your family in times of emergency.

10-inch Sediment and ACB filters

The Portawell’s use of standard sized filter housing allows selection of a large variety of non-proprietary, commercially available filter types that can be tailored to contaminant removal from specific surface water  sources.

Commercial filters that fit PortaWell® are available that reduce/remove

  • Sediment (dirt, sand, silt, algae, etc..)
  • Disease causing microbes (bacteria, cysts, flukes, worms, parasites,  spores, virus)
  • Organic Chemicals (herbicides, pesticides, pharmaceuticals, VOC’s, endotoxins, etc..)
  • Heavy metals (mercury, arsenic, lead, cadmium, fluoride, etc..)
  • Nitrates
  • Phosphates
  • Tannins
  • Dissolved solids such as calcium and magnesium (not for salt water)
  • Radionuclides

Filtration Systems for Multiple Needs

Portawell® Systems

Filters Up to 1 Gallon per Minute

The PortaWell® portable water filter system uses non-proprietary, standard sized, commercially available filters. The 10-inch PortaWell® filter housing is common to many residential under sink installations and accepts OBE (open both ends) filters that are nominally sized as 10 inches long by 2 to 2 ¾ inches in diameter.

Portawell® Filters

Mix and match filters based on your water source

The Portawell’s use of standard sized filter housing allows selection of a large variety of non-proprietary, commercially available filter types that can be tailored to contaminant removal from specific surface water sources.

Portawell® Accessories

Maximize the usability of your PortaWell® system

We offer a line of accessories including power adapter, 12-V connectors, maintenance kit, etc. to enhance and extend the utility of your PortaWell system.

Designed and Built in the U.S.A.

The PortaWell® system is 100% made in the USA (designed, fabricated, and assembled). The PortaWell® support structure is fabricated from steel and powder coated to prevent corrosion. The self-priming diaphragm pump is robust, easily replaceable and can be run dry without damaging the pump. There are no parts that can easily be broken to render the device unusable. PortaWell is design to withstand years of use and only needing minimal maintenance (cleaning and occasional o-ring greasing).

Customer Reviews

Our Happily Prepared Customers

Don’t just take out word for it. Read reviews from happy customers that have bought and used the PortaWell® system.

  • Overall I would definitely recommend the PortaWell.  The filter performed exceptionally well and it has a lot of benefits that make it more attractive for true emergency preparedness.

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  • We are so excited to recommend this wonderful water filtration system. Since we all need to store water and have the ability to filter our own water when good quality culinary water isn’t available, the PortaWell provides the extra level of comfort that we are as well prepared as possible in case an emergency or disaster comes our way.

    The key points that make this product something you should seriously consider purchasing as part of your family preparation plan are high capacity filtration, solar rechargeable power system, true two-stage (or more with the extension accessory) filtration, commercially available replacement filters, a system that is compact and portable, a water filtration system that is very simple to learn and use.

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    Food Storage Moms
  • My final conclusion, this is the real deal, it’s fast and efficient and while I was a bit apprehensive in talking that first sip, the water it filtered was actually really good, and a week later, I’m still healthy! This unit will have a place in my purpose-built overland Gladiator. It will keep me from having to carry the amount of water I usually carry on a 1000-mile trip as I can restock using streams and rivers every day or two. I’m looking forward to being able to shower on an extended trip more than once every 3 or 4 days by filtering available water sources along the trail eliminating the need to carry many gallons of water. Why filter water for cleaning? Bacteria for one reason. Not too long ago a child died from a brain eating amoeba that entered his system while swimming in Lake Meade. Who would have known that Lake Meade contained deadly bacteria that could enter thru cuts or scrapes on your body or thru water getting in your ears?

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    Outdoor X4
  • The PortaWell is a high-volume water filter that can remove cysts, pathogenic bacteria, chlorine, heavy metals, volatile organic compounds, and more. This filter is ideal for camping and RV trips, off-the-grid living, and emergency preparedness. I typically use my PortaWell when I’m car camping. I’ll take water from the river and quickly filter it in the PortaWell. It’s fast and convenient and saves me having to stock my car with bottled water.

    At home, my PortaWell is a useful emergency preparedness tool that I can use whenever my city is issued with boil water alerts. Again, this saves having to stock up on bottled water, which can be quite stressful when everyone is trying to do the same thing.

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    Water Filter Guru

Learning Center

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Emergency Water Treatment Tutorial (Part 1) – Particulate

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